Pretend for a moment that you believe both in God and Satan are real beings. And that God is omnipresent, while Satan isa fallen angel who can only be in one place at a time. God of course being the Creator,andSatan being a created being.
Ok next. Pretend that Satan’s heart became proud and he tried to usurpGod’s authority, and was quickly kicked out of heaven. This would have made him angry and confused, but certainly very focused. Pretend his hatred drives him to oppose the purposes of God.
Next pretend that man, like Satan has fallen from a place of safety in God’s kingdom. And that man needs the blood which the Son of God comes to shed on a cross for the sins of the world. Pretend it’s the only way for man to be forgiven and brought into a right relationship with God. Got it? Great.
Now in that scenario, what strategies might an intelligent evil angel devise to assail God’s purposes and oppose His kingdom? Imagine Satan coming up with a worldwide plot, and utilizing other fallen angels who now serve him and his diabolical purposes. Imagine each of them being assigned a geographical territory in which to carry out their master’s orders.
Can you picture it? Well then, just imagine Satan giving the following instructions to his army of fallen angels.
Strategy # 1
Convince man he is his own god. Trick man into believing he is not accountable to a Creator. In other words, get man to think the world evolves around him. Make man think others are either extremely impressed with him; or they think he is a loser. But either way, it must be all about man. We must turn his eyes inward rather then outward.
Strategy # 2
Raise up a bevy of falafel prophets who proposes a variety of alternatives religions. Any religion is okay, as long as it’s not Christianity. Any religious practices are fine, as long as they don’t involve trusting Jesus and following His as Lord of all. In fact, use false religion as a weapon against Christianity by convincing man that as long as the religion box is checks in his life, it will turn out just fine in the end.
Strategy #￼ 3
Fan into flame man’s sinful desires. Tempt him to give into those desires. Tempt him to give into those desires so that these habits become addictions driving man further from God. Place things in man)# path which prompt him to compromise any allegiance to God’s Word, and any commitment to holy living. Get man to hate others, hold grudges, and live with bitterness and resentment. Use, lust, greed, jealousy, and every other weapon at your disposal. Hold nothing back. And realize that your greatest opportunities will occur then moment man steps across anyone of God’s boundary lines.
Strategy # 4
Speak of God’s Word, do whatever it takes to convince man that Scripture is nothing but a bunch of myths. It is not to be taken literally. Convince man that only “fundamentalists” are naïve enough to believe such a thing. Since pride is our speciality, use it to incite man to think highly of his knowledge, as long as it doesn’t involve thru knowledge of Chrysler, and a reliance upon God’s Word. We must undermine any confidence man places in the Word of God,
Strategy # 5
Use science against man. Lead man to think science provides all the answers he needs in life, and to reject any believe in the supernatural. This includes rejecting that the notion of Satan, angels, miracles, and even God Himself.
Strategy # 6
Convince man that no one can really know whether or not there is life after death. Keep man so busy with activities in this world that he barely has time to think about deeper issues, such as eternity, and the immortality of the soul. Get man to view himself that way he views animals. He lives, and dies, and that’s it,
Strategy # 7
Realize that many human beings will choose to believe heaven and hell exist. For those people do anything necessary to convince them they must earn their way into heaven. Above all else, distract man from considering the message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. No matter what, man must not hear that message. Do anything which distracts believers from spreading the message of salvation in your territory.
Well there you have it. Can you imagine Satan devising such a plan? This is, if he is real, and God is real, and the cross is man’s only hope for salvation. It seems like it would be a effective plan. Many human being would become ensnared by such enticing distractions.
If such strategies were actually being carried out, there would be plenty of evidence right before our eyes, Right? Well, look carefully in the world today. What does the evidence suggest to you? Are these 7 strategies for distraction just a. Imaginable myth, or reality?
If you are too blind to see the Savior today, you probably don’t even recognize the very things which are being used to confuse and distract you. Such is the nature of spiritual warfare.
Or did you think the devil was going to show up in a red suit with a pitchfork?